Hey friends, long time no talk! After starting up a bunch of different blogs and losing interest over and over again, I realized that Her Geekery is all I really want to work on. Unfortunately, I failed to renew my domain and some random hotel company in China snagged it. Wah wah. Oh well, live and learn, right? Fingers crossed they give it up when their renewal rolls around.
Anyway, the second season of Aggretsuko premiered on Netflix a couple days ago and inspired me to hop back on here ♥ When the first season showed up last year, I fell head-over-heels for this totally relatable cartoon character. Retsuko, the super cute red panda, was inspired by the life of a typical office-working woman in Japan. She deals with workplace sexism and bullying, putting on a happy face for the office but venting her frustrations with heavy metal karaoke and copious amounts of beer.
The first season dealt mostly with Retsuko’s stress over her thankless job. She was overworked and fed up with her misogynistic boss’ attitude towards her, and she dreamed of escaping the daily grind. She gets her hopes up when a friend invites her to join a new business venture, and when that falls through, she sets her sights on marriage so that she can quit working and be a full-time housewife instead.
While Retsuko still struggles with office annoyances, season two focuses more on her interpersonal relationships. The first episode opens with Retsuko snacking on chips while she talks to her overbearing mother on the phone. Her mom won’t stop lecturing her on laundry, eating healthy, and “growing up,” and when she finally escapes the conversation, she gets a nearly identical lecture from her annoying coworker. She’s facing pressure on all fronts to grow up, get married, and start a family, so she goes along with her mom’s forced matchmaking and even tries out speed dating.
My favorite part of the season was Retsuko going to driving school. She made a decision to do something for herself, and even though it was difficult, she followed through with it. On top of trying to train an entitled new coworker, dealing with feuding friends, and her own insecurities when it comes to romance, she takes on a task to learn a new skill purely for her own self-fulfillment.
The season isn’t without its flaws, of course. It was a little slow to start and the pacing felt kinda funky, but it picked up really quickly. Overall, Aggretsuko is still an amazing show, with complex characters who aren’t inherently good or bad. Everyone has their problems, and the show does a great job of showing the reality of dealing with these imperfections on a daily basis. Whether it be her relationships with friends, family, coworkers, or romantic partners, Retsuko learns that she can’t sustain happiness without being herself and staying true to her values.
So what do you think?
Have you watched Aggretsuko yet? What did you think about the new season? Let me know in the comments below!